The Bond - to refrain from attending conventicles etc.

There were several Bonds used during the twenty eight years of persecution but this Bond in particular caused the most suffering when it was introduced in early 1678. Because of its Draconian terms very many refused to sign, and this was the cause for the Highland Host being imposed on Ayrshire and parts of Renfrewshire. It is mainly this bond that the many martyrs referred to in their dying Testimonies `ere they were executed.

“G!asgow, January 28, 1678 —

We faithfully bind and oblige us that we, our wives, bairns and servants respective shall no ways be present at any conventicle or disorderly meetings in time coming, but shall live orderly, in obedience to the law, under the pains and penaIties contained in the Acts of Parliament made there against: as also, we bind and oblige us, that our haill tenants and cottars respective, their wives, bairn, and sevants, shall likewise abstain and refrain from the said conventicles, and other illegal meetings not authourised by the law, and that they shall live orderly and in obedience to the same : and further, that we nor they shall not reset , supply or commune with forfeited persons, inter-communed ministers, vagrant preachers, but shall do our utmost endeavours to apprehend their persons; and in case our said tenants, cottars, or their foresaids shall contravene, we shall take and apprehend any person or persons guilty thereof, and present them to the Judge ordinary, that they may be fined or imprisoned therefor, as is provided by Acts of Parliament made there anent, otherwise we shall remove thern and their families off our ground; and if we fail herin, we shall be liable to such pains and penalties as the said delinquents have incurred by law.—Consenting their presents, etc  Subscribed ut supra. "

Conventicling poem  "The Mountain Sanctuary".


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